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Kids' Bikes Buying Guide

Kids' Bikes Buying Guide

Find the perfect bike

Help your child ride comfortably, avoid injury & truly discover the joy of riding a bike.

  • • These are suitable for the    youngest riders and can also be    called "toddler trikes" • The perfect way to prepare    your toddler for their first bike • There are styles that can grow    with your child, like a 4-in-1 trike    or a tricycle with a push handle
  • How to find their size

    Tricycles aren’t measured by wheel height like other kids’ bikes. Instead, choose a tricycle by its weight capacity, your child’s age and the features you’re looking for.

  • • These are more "traditional" bikes    they ride until they fit an adult bike • They’re styled after BMX    or mountain bikes • Compared to adult bikes, these have    fewer gears and pedals better    positioned for easier and stronger    strokes
  • Things to consider

    Seat height is important, only their toes should touch the ground when seated. The frame should weigh no more than 50% of their body weight.
  • How to find their size

    Shop by their age, height or inseam to find the right tire size. Use a pair of their pants to find their inseam. Measure the length of the seam that runs along the inside of the pant leg—from the crotch all the way to the edge of one leg.
  • 7 to 13 years or 48″ to 56″ height or 22″ to 28″ inseam = 20″ pedal bike

  • 10 to 15 years or 56″ to 66″ height or 27″ to 31″ inseam = 24″ pedal bike

6 features to consider

Bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Being familiar with the features lets you find the best bike for your child.

1.

Handlebar rise

For young riders, a mid-rise handlebar (level with their belly button) is ideal. For experienced riders, ideal rise depends on riding style—more aggressive riders may enjoy a lower rise, & more casual riders may prefer a higher rise.

2.

Standover height

When standing over the top tube of the bike (in front of the seat), there should be an inch or two of clearance between the rider & the frame. This gap helps prevent injury in case the child slips forward while riding. May vary slightly between pedal and balance bikes.

3.

Frame weight

Lighter bike frames are almost always easier for young riders to manage. As a general rule, you should select the lightest bike you can find within your price range.

4.

Seat height

Seat height is the most accurate indicator of how a bike will fit your child, as bikes with the same size tire can fit a child very differently.

5.

Brake type

Any child’s bike is only as good as their ability to stop it. Before you place a child on a bike, it is essential that they know how to brake. The two main types are hand brakes and coaster brakes.

6.

Tire size

Tire size (wheel diameter in inches) is the most common form of classification for youth bicycles. Tricycles are not measured by tire size, though.

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